Aria Resort & Casino is a standout amidst the glitz of the Las Vegas strip, it’s also close to all the action and is a winner for hosting conferences. Phil Gleeson parks his wheels in Sin City and reveals all that glitters is gold in this mighty complex… except for the check-in queue.
ARIA RESORT & CASINO CHECK IN
Checking into a hotel in Vegas can be a bit of a nightmare as the queues are extremely long, so I would recommend checking in on your mobile prior to your arrival on your mobile.
Here’s the deal. The hotel opens for mobile check-in 24 hours prior and once your room is ready you’ll be sent an email advising of your room number. All you need to do then is go to a separate “fast lane” line, which is a lot shorter than the regular check-in line. Grab your key and the Aria experience officially begins; minus the wait.
We were upgraded to a Tower Suite room on the 18th floor, which has a large floor plan and great views of the Vegas strip. It also has two bathrooms, a stylish living area, hallway, free Wi-fi and there are three widescreen TVs across the suite in the bathroom, living room and the bedroom. The bath faces out to the Vegas strip with floor to ceiling windows. Room options are many and varied. Tower Suites, Corner Suite Strip View, One-Bedroom Penthouse, Deluxe Queen, Two-Bedroom Aria Suite, Deluxe King, Executive Hospitality Suite and a seriously luxurious Sky Suite for those with big wallets.
The Aria is one of the newer hotels in Vegas and it definitely shows. The building is modern, has several shops, restaurants, night club and a large casino area to try your luck. The hotel has three swimming pools with a bar close by. There is poolside service for drinks as well if you just fancy chilling on a sun lounger. Or, if you want some peace away from it all, there is an impressive full room service menu.
Such is the competition in the Las Vegas strip you can count on the food and customer service peaking wherever you go. Aria doesn’t disappoint. Fancy chomping on the finest beef on the planet? Head for Jean George’s Steakhouse and try the Kobe A5. Aria also lays claim to “owning the weekend brunch” with Bardot Brasserie’s decadent Hunter’s Waffle, Herringbone’s perfectly spiced chilaquiles or authentic Thai dim sum at Lemongrass.
POINT OF DIFFERENCE
You won’t find too many more glamorous hotels in Vegas than the Aria. The staff are friendly, helpful and the rooms are serviced a couple of times a day. Aria is also one of the newer hotels in Vegas so the rooms and decor have a very modern “new” feel to it all. But perhaps one of the bigger points of difference is its approach to wellness. Take a deep breath and enjoy the respiratory benefits of the resort’s Shio Salt Room.
As we were staying in Las Vegas for a conference in which 1300 people attended, the Aria is incredibly well set up for conferences, events and functions, and offers several large areas to successfully host a large number of people. Native plants and trees combine with beautiful natural light to add a calming desert ambiance to the venue’s 300,000 square feet of versatile, fully equipped meeting facilities.
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